White Co-Conspirator Summit

White Co-Conspirator Summit
MARCH 19-20, 2021

Sponsored by

Office of the General Minister & President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Diocese of Tennessee
Vine Street Christian Church
Logo for Reconciliation Ministry of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Logos for Uppmidwest and Pacific Southwest Regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
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This virtual summit is designed to equip white co-conspirators
driven by a radical hospitality of love for and belief in the transformative power of the Beloved Community, those who are called to be agents of change disrupting and challenging ideologies and systems of oppression.
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While we believe there is value for everyone to attend and participate
regardless of their social location, this summit is unapologetically intended to speak directly to white people about their role in dismantling white supremacy. Each speaker session and workshop calls out a particular area of white supremacy in order to shift the dominant narrative, and provides ways to re-imagine collectively conspiring against white supremacist culture in order to foster a true Beloved Community.
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Jim Wallis
KEYNOTE

Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis is the founder of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books, including Christ in Crisis, America’s Original Sin, God’s Politics, and The Call to Conversion.

Wallis served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. “Coach Jim” also served for 22 seasons as a Little League coach for his two baseball-playing sons.

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Jim Wallis
Nadia Bolz-Weber
FEATURED GUEST

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, CO, the creator and host of "The Confessional" and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (2013), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation (2019).

She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. She always sits in the corner with the other weirdoes.

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
Hannah Adair Bonner
STORYTELLER

Hannah Adair Bonner is the Director of Frontera Wesley, the Wesley Foundation of Tucson. After serving as pastor and young adult organizer in the Northeast, Bonner collaborated with artists in Houston, TX as they established The Shout, a faith community focused on solidarity. In 2015, that community mobilized into action when some of the members lost a friend, Sandra Bland, to police brutality. Partnering closely with Sandra’s family, Sorors, the AME Church, and students at Prairie View A&M University, Bonner spent several years splitting her time between Houston and Waller County. In 2016, Bonner was inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., given the Prathia Hall Social Justice Award by WomenPreach, Inc., and recognized as one of the “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American Progress.

Bonner has been featured in a series of teaching videos on solidarity from RethinkChurch, and in the HBO documentary “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland." Hannah writes at HannahAdairBonner.com, and has published a Bible study curriculum with Abingdon Press entitled The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places.

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Hannah Adair Bonner
Arlene Avakian
WORKSHOP LEADER

Professor Emeritus Arlene Avakian is a founder and former Chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her areas of interest include social constructions of identities through an intersectional lens, which she has explored through autobiography and memory studies, as well as whiteness and food studies. Avakian's publications include Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian American Memoir (1992), Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meaning of Food and Cooking (1997); From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food (2005) and African American Women and the Vote 1837-1965 (1997).

Avakian has been involved in social justice activism for many years around the issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

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Arlene Avakian
Mike Baughman
WORKSHOP LEADER

Mike Baughman is the Founding Pastor & Executive Director for Union Coffee, a new church start in Dallas, TX, that is primarily in ministry with emerging leaders under thirty-five years of age. He is the primary author for Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down. Baughman has contributed to, developed, and edited a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. He serves on the Board of Directors for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation as well as Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

Baughman is a third generation United Methodist pastor married to a sixth-generation United Methodist pastor, named Rachel Baughman. None of their children are named Wesley.

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Mike Baughman
Lyndsey Godwin
WORKSHOP LEADER

Lyndsey Godwin brings over a decade of experience in anti-oppression training, program design, and coaching. She specializes in sexuality education, including Christian approaches to holistic sexuality, decision making, consent, gender, and LGBTQI+ experiences. Using practical, learner-centered approaches, Godwin partners with organizers, artists, academics, faith leaders, and educators to develop programs that invite all to get more comfortable with discomfort in order to act prophetically.

Godwin is the Assistant Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School; serves as the Secretary for the SisterSong Board of Directors; and was one of the founding directors and board members for Nashville Launch Pad, a safe-sleeping shelter for youth ages 18–24.

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Lyndsey Godwin
Allyn Maxfield-Steele
WORKSHOP LEADER

Allyn Maxfield-Steele has been Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center since 2017. Raised in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina, Maxfield-Steele was born into a family of educators, farmers, secretaries, salesmen, veterans, hotel managers, social workers, and small-town Protestant church folk of the southern Piedmont and South Atlantic coast. His movement work has focused on connecting people and grassroots communities to one another through high school and college education, faith and spiritual leadership, capacity-building, and organizing on a range of front-lines throughout the US South, Appalachia, and globally. Maxfield-Steele is committed to figuring out how people and organizations learn and transform together, and how rural and small-town people can work together to build powerful movements.

Maxfield-Steele is ordained clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his spouse, Erin, and their child, Ursa.

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Allyn Steele
Marcus Winn
WORKSHOP LEADER

Marcus Winn is the Kansas Organizer for MORE2. Winn earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, then worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Winn began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders.

Winn moved to Kansas City in 2017 and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.

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Marcus Winn
Brian Zralek
WORKSHOP LEADER

Brian Zralek has been organizing for five years and helping to lead nonprofit organizations for more than fifteen years. Along with several powerful immigrant and refugee leaders, Zralek founded an organization in Western New York called the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team. Zralek is originally from Nashville, TN where he now works with Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), organizing the Education Task Force and Integrated Voter Engagement committee.

Zralek's two-year-old daughter provides motivation and passion for his work.

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Brian Zralek
Karen Renée Robb
FEATURED MUSICIAN

Karen Renée Robb is a vocal and visual artist with more than 30 years of vocal performance experience. Karen Renée’s passion for live sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm, and creative expression through the use of the frame drum. A midwife for the soul’s expression, Karen Renée brings her whole self into the experiences she facilitates. Helping to awaken and support others in meaningful, memorable ways, Karen Renée makes the Healing Arts accessible and a vital part of personal growth and spiritual development.

Karen Renée is also a Sound & Reiki Clinician, Reiki Master Teacher, Circle Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker and Universal Life Minister. Learn more about Karen Renée and the experiences she offers at FrameDrumWisdom and ReSoundingWholeness.

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Karen Renée Robb
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Killing White Jesus:
Reclaiming the Mission of the Church
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JIM WALLIS
In his keynote address, “Killing White Jesus”, Jim Wallis will point to the ways the White Evangelical Church perpetuates white supremacy through its theology. Through this address, Wallis will help attendees re-imagine the role of the Church as a Co-Conspirator, creating the Beloved Community with a radical hospitality mission that embraces the true identity (ethnicity, language, and culture) of Jesus.
Becoming a Co-Conspirator
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY NADIA BOLZ-WEBER
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie, Director of Racial Justice Ministries, will sit down with Nadia Bolz-Weber for a one-on-one interview focusing on Bolz-Weber's journey as a White progressive leader. Bolz-Weber will share her own struggles and the ways she is still having to learn more and do more personal, intentional work in becoming a co-conspirator.
What Happened to Sandra Bland?
HANNAH ADAIR BONNER TELLS HER STORY
Our story session will get close and personal with activist Hannah Adair Bonner. Bonner will share her experience with Sandra Bland, a black woman killed in police custody in 2015—her relationship with Sandra, her activism during the protests, and the ways it personally affects her even now. Bonner will also share what being a co-conspirator means in everyday life, beyond activism, her relationship with white people as a co-conspirator, and the risks she faces each day. Finally, she will share what it took to begin shifting the narrative and rejecting dominant culture.
White Women as Weapons
of White Supremacy
WORKSHOP BY ARLENE AVAKIAN
“White Women as Weapons of White Supremacy” is designed to address the history of white women and the ways their socialization has perpetuated white supremacist tropes like ‘Karen,’ ‘Becky,’ and the ‘Damsel in Distress.’ The workshop will call out the ways white women choose race over gender progression because of a commitment to whiteness. Avakian will invite the participants to re-imagine ways white women can be co-conspirators for the sake of justice as it relates to race.
The Cognitive Dissonance Experience: When Love Interrupts Your Racism
WORKSHOP BY MIKE BAUGHMAN
“The Cognitive Dissonance Experience” addresses the psychological phenomenon that occurs when one’s truth is in tension with an experience as it relates to racism. We claim this as a spiritual awakening. This workshop is designed to provide a pastoral guide that encourages one to lean into the vulnerable journey of unlearning to relearn for the sake of justice as it relates to race.
Stripping Your White Privilege for the Sake of Your Humanity
WORKSHOP BY LYNDSEY GODWIN
“Stripping Your White Privilege for the Sake of Your Humanity” will address white privilege, how whiteness gives advantages to white people and takes away opportunities (land, dreams, money, mental effort, etc.) from BIPOC communities, and what that does to one’s humanity. The workshop will also highlight the false concept of ‘white fragility’ in order to address the real issue of white entitlement and help to reimagine what it means to be a white co-conspirator using your white privilege for the sake of justice as it relates to race.
Decolonizing Concepts of White Leadership and Hierarchy
WORKSHOP BY ALLYN MAXFIELD-STEELE
“Decolonizing Concepts of White Leadership and Hierarchy” will address the ways models of white leadership in the workspace can function as a tool of white supremacy. This workshop will address the ways white leadership can cover up and protect whiteness while creating hostile environments for BIPOC employees through stereotypes like the ‘Angry Black Woman’ or the ‘Dangerous Black Man,’ and the way diversity has become a performance. Participants are invited to reimagine how white leaders can be co-conspirators who foster justice-oriented workspaces.
Table Talk: Being a Co-Conspirator
with Family and Friends
WORKSHOP LED BY MARCUS WINN
“Table Talk” invites our audience to process the ways they have been socialized through their family systems, communities, and even churches to be a racist. This workshop will offer tools to dismantle white supremacy in your own communities and model how to be held accountable in doing your own internal work.
Giants Do Fall: Organizing to
Confront the System
WORKSHOP LED BY BRIAN ZRALEK
“Giants Do Fall” will help participants reimagine ways they as individuals can enter into the work of organizing and collective change in communities.
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SUMMIT DETAILS

MARCH 19 & 20 | COST: $150

- Keynote Address with Jim Wallis
- Interview Session with Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Story Session with Hannah Adair Bonner
- Choice of three (3) of the six (6) workshops
- Summit t-shirt (must register before March 1)
- Summit packet
- Access to additional virtual experiences across the 2-day event

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Have questions about the Summit?

Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center works to create a world that eradicates white supremacy and its acts of racism. Learn more at scarrittbennett.org/racial-justice.

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